Indian ferry troubled near Andaman, hundreds of passengers rescued

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Passenger ship SWARAJ DWEEP, serving Andaman and Nikobar islands line, in the morning Jul 2 reported water ingress and requested assistance. The ship stopped roughly halfway between Port Blair and Car Nikobar island, with 343 people on board. Indian Coast Guard sent CG ship and patrol plane to distressed ferry. According to official statement, all passengers were safely transferred to CG ship, while salvage team went on board of a ferry with salvage equipment, including pumps. Situation is said to be normalized, water ingress taken under control. Most probably, SWARAJ DWEEP will be towed to nearest port.

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